And just like that, the Matt Garza trade is old news.

The 2011 MLB Most Valuable Player has been suspended for the rest of the 2013 season without pay.  Ryan Braun, who tested positive in December of 2011 due to an elevated level of testosterone caused by performance-enhancing drugs, will not play again this season.  He appealed his suspension in 2011, and became the first player to successfully do so.  History will reportedly not repeat itself in 2013.

It seems it has all caught up to him now as his connection to the Miami based biogenesis scandal was revealed this summer, and baseball has officially handed down their punishment.  Braun has become cooperative with baseball, as he will only miss the remainder of the season when it was reported that baseball would attempt to give him a 100-game suspension.

Braun, who will not be appealing this suspension, begins serving it immediately.  He released a statement earlier saying:


“As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect. I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept the consequences of those actions. This situation has taken a toll on me and my entire family, and it is has been a distraction to my teammates and the Brewers organization. I am very grateful for the support I have received from players, ownership and the fans in Milwaukee and around the country. Finally, I wish to apologize to anyone I may have disappointed – all of the baseball fans especially those in Milwaukee, the great Brewers organization, and my teammates. I am glad to have this matter behind me once and for all, and I cannot wait to get back to the game I love.”


Here's a fun game.  Watch the video below and try not to lose any respect you may have left for Ryan Braun.


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